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Most diets will tell you sternly that snacking is not part of a healthy eating plan, but we all know how seemingly impossible it can seem to stick rigorously to our diets, especially when that first week has gone, your determination is starting to wane and those familiar snack cravings are starting to get the better of you!
The keto diet is all the rage in healthy eating circles, its key principle being to minimize carbs and increase your intake of high-fat and moderate-protein foods, supplemented by various fibers. This causes the body to switch into producing ketones in the liver from the fat you eat and the fat in your body.
Keto Avocado Crisps
In short, the ketogenic diet has been proven to be the very best in fat-stripping diets and has gathered thousands of advocates in the healthy-eating industry. However, it requires precision monitoring of carbs, fats and proteins, meaning that one single high-sugar snack can send your macros into a tailspin!
So is there a way of snacking without slacking? Are there keto-friendly snacks that won’t ruin weeks and week's worth of diligent dieting? In short, yes! We’re pleased to introduce the recipe for the homemade keto avocado crisp!
This lime-infused, Italian-spiced crisp is ludicrously simple to make yourself with just a handful of ingredients you can easily find at your local supermarket. Laced with parmesan cheese, these wafer-thin crisps make the perfect early evening snack, especially when paired with a glass of Chianti or a tannic chardonnay.
So, strap yourselves in, keto snack fans, and cast a hungry eye over this mouth-wateringly tasty avocado crisp recipe, along with some nutritional facts and a couple of things to bear in mind when making this delightful dish!
How To Pick A Good Avocado
Make sure you select a nice ripe avocado for your chips, as these strange vegetables often have a very short window of ripeness, going from soapy and tasteless to sour, blackened things in the blink of an eye!
When avocado shopping, first make sure to check the outer skin for its color. Ripe avocados will usually be darker than the ones that aren’t quite ripe enough to eat, the latter having a lighter green color.
Also, check the skin for signs of discoloration or large indentations, as this will be a good sign as to whether the avocado is bruised or not.
Press the avocado in the palm of your hand, although not too firmly as this will cause bruising. If the avocado is very firm, this is a sign that it is not quite ripe enough to eat. A perfectly ripe avocado will yield to the touch but will not feel mushy inside - a common trait of overripe avocados!
What Type Of Cheese Is Best?
The recipe below uses parmesan cheese, which comes with a uniquely sharp and nutty flavor, which will obviously influence the flavor of your crisps.
However, if you’re looking for something a little less abrasive to the tastebuds, then you might want to consider using a milder cheese, such as cheddar. However, when switching cheeses, you will have to allow for different baking times and some cheeses are more moist than others and will take longer to dry.
Keto Avocado Crisps Recipe
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Serves: 8 people
Equipment: Parchment, cookie tray
- 1 avocado
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan
- 1/2 lime, juiced/squeezed (about 1 tsp)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Put the meat of a ripe avocado in a mixing bowl with all the rest of the ingredients and mix it into guacamole.
- Put heaping teaspoon size scoops about 3" apart on a parchment covered baking sheet.
- Flatten into chip thickness, and bake at 350° F for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy beginning to brown on the edges. If you want your chips to be crispy, the flatter the better.
- Once they cool remove them from the parchment and enjoy.
Things To Remember:
- Sometimes the quality of the avocado will adversely affect the consistency of your chips. Luckily there are a few easy baking workarounds that will give your chips that desired crunch.
- To get your chips nice and flat, put them in the oven for 10 minutes, take them out, place another piece of parchment over the top and use a rolling pin to get them wafer-thin.
- There is a slightly easier method of flattening your chips by simply oiling the bottom of a measuring jug and squishing them flat with your bare hands!
- Beware of using an underripe avocado, as this will result in your crisps emerging from the oven soggy rather than crispy, more keto avocado biscuits than crisps!
- To avoid this sogginess, simply turn the oven off after the 20 mins, but leave the crisps in there until the oven has cooled completely. This may take an hour or so, but once done, your crisps will have that much sought-after crispiness!
As you can see below, the metrics for the keto avocado crisps conform perfectly to the ketogenic specifications, with low carbs and calories, moderate protein levels and a high percentage of fat. In short, this snack will not put a dent in your ketogenic diet.
- Calories: 81kcal
- Carbohydrates: 3g
- Protein: 4g
- Fat: 6g
- Sodium: 145mg
- Fiber: 2g
- Net Carbs: 1g
- Fat Ratio per Serving: 66.67%
- Protein Ratio per Serving: 19.75%
- Carb Ratio per Serving: 4.94%
Hopefully, the above recipe has made you want to hurry to your nearest supermarket to squeeze avocados and pick up some nutty parmesan for this sumptuous slimming snack!
Quick, simple-to-make and utterly delicious, these keto avocados crisps are the perfect savory nibble!
With their low percentage of carbs, moderate protein and high fat content, these chips are ideal for those who don’t want to scupper their keto diet or those who simply want a tasty but healthy foodstuff for in-between meals. What are you waiting for? Go bake yourself a batch today!